Person of interest in Tulsa quadruple homicide arrested near Coffeyville

COFFEYVILLE — A man wanted for questioning in connection with a quadruple murder in Tulsa, Okla., was arrested north of Coffeyville on Tuesday evening.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrested Joseph Tillman, age 33, after a citizen spotted Tillman in a residential area on North Cline Road.

Sheriff Robert Dierks said a his department along with the Coffeyville Police Department arrested Tillman after he was pulled over in his vehicle at Cline Road and Woodland Avenue. He was arrested on a warrant out of Oklahoma on an unrelated charge. Upon checking on that warrant, a sheriff’s deputy noticed that Tillman was wanted as  a person of interest in Tulsa for a quadruple homicide on Monday.


Tillman was taken to the Montgomery County Jail in Independence and booked on the Oklahoma warrant. He remains in the local jail until extradition back to Oklahoma.


Dierks accredited the apprehension to the actions of the alert citizen for reporting Tillman to local authorities. He also expressed thanks for the quick response of his department and the Coffeyville Police Department.


Found dead in an apartment complex near 61st and Peoria streets in Tulsa on Monday were Rebeika Powell, age 23; Kayetie Melchor, age 23; Misty Nunley, age 33, and Julie Jackson, age 55. They were each found dead with gunshot wounds.


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